A child’s social worker will try to make sure that they can stay in the same school. This is not always possible and they child may sometimes be required to move school, for example if they are placed too far away.
What will the Expulsions Appeal Tribunal consider?
At the hearing the Expulsions Appeal Tribunal must consider all of the circumstances of the case. In particular the Tribunal will look at the following:
- Anything presented in writing
- Anything said by you, your child, your child’s friend or representative
- Anything said by the Education Authority and any other people involved in the decision to expel your child
- Whether the school’s procedures for expulsion were properly followed.
- The interests of other pupils and teachers in the school.
As soon as possible after the hearing, the decision of the Tribunal is sent in writing to you if your child is under 18, or directly to them if they are over 18, as well as whoever expelled them.
Will my child need a solicitor for an expulsion Tribunal?
You can bring a representative with you to the appeal hearing to help you put forward their views, however it is not necessary for them to have someone there.
If my child makes an appeal can they attend the Tribunal?
Your child may attend the Tribunal and speak at the hearing if they wish.
How long does my child have to make an appeal against their expulsion?
It is important to act quickly as your child must tell the Education Authority that they wish to appeal within 10 days of the date of the letter confirming their expulsion. A parent or pupil wishing to appeal the decision must send the Education Authority Expulsion Appeal Tribunal the reasons for the appeal in writing.